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Philadelphia Union

Michael Lahoud recalled from New York Cosmos loan

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The Sierra Leone defensive midfielder is recalled from the New York Cosmos to the Philadelphia Union, and rumors are swirling about him being sold to Miami FC.

After being loaned out to the NASL side New York Cosmos for the entire 2016 season, the Philadelphia Union have reportedly brought back Michael Lahoud, with rumors saying the Union will sell him on to Miami FC - one of the Cosmos' rivals in NASL.

Report: Amobi Okugo to sign with Timbers

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The defensive midfielder looks to be joining the Timbers.

A couple of days ago the Timbers waived forward Michael Seaton and we were left to speculate what was going to be made of the open roster spot. We seem to have an answer for that speculation, and it's the defensive midfielder free agent Amobi Okugo.

Former Philadelphia Union, Orlando City midfielder Amobi Okugo training with D.C. United

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The former USA under-23 defensive midfielder was a participant at today's open practice at RFK Stadium.

At D.C. United's open practice Wednesday morning, our own Steven Streff noticed a new face participating in the training session. That'd be Amobi Okugo, waived last month by Sporting Kansas City after making just 3 appearances in 2015.

Stress fracture sidelines Edu for three months

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The Union now have a defensive midfielder dilemma.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu will be out for a minimum of three months due to a stress fracture in his leg, Coach Jim Curtin revealed at his weekly press conference earlier today.

Curtin on Mo: "We will be losing Maurice Edu for a significant amount of time.

Union re-sign midfielder Brian Carroll

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The 34-year-old defensive midfielder will return for another season with the Union.

The Philadelphia Union have re-signed defensive midfielder Brian Carroll, the club announced today. This upcoming season will be Carroll's sixth with the club, making him the Union's longest continuously tenured player.

AFP

Gladbach confirm offer for Arsenal target Xhaka

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Moenchengladbach have confirmed receiving an offer for Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, who has been heavily tipped to join Arsenal.

Gladbach's sports director Max Eberl told the Rheinischen Post that an offer has been received, but not revealed from which club, for their 23-year-old captain, Xhaka, who has said he can imagine playing for the Gunners.

Gladbach confirm offer for Arsenal target Xhaka

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Berlin (AFP) Borussia Moenchengladbach have confirmed receiving an offer for Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, who has been heavily tipped to join Arsenal.

Gladbach's sports director Max Eberl told the Rheinischen Post that an offer has been received, but not revealed from which club, for their 23-year-old captain, Xhaka, who has said he can imagine playing for the Gunners.

Uncapped trio make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for next month's European championships in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Uncapped trio make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for next month's European championships in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Uncapped trio make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for Euro 2016 in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Uncapped trio make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt and Julian Weigl were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for Euro 2016 in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Uncapped Kimmich, Brandt make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Julian Brandt were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for next month's European championships in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Uncapped Kimmich, Brandt make Germany’s Euro 2016 squad

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Berlin (AFP) Uncapped midfielders Joshua Kimmich and Julian Brandt were on Tuesday included in Germany's provisional 27-man squad for next month's European championships in France.

Defensive midfielder Kimmich, 21, caps a meteoric rise having only broken into Bayern Munich's first team earlier this season and has been now promoted from Germany's Under-21 team, as has 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt.

Sweden’s Ekdal injured after Hamburg nightclub visit

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Berlin (AFP) Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal will miss Hamburg's final game of the season this weekend after suffering a "laceration" in an incident at a nightclub, which his father describes as 'serious'.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder had to be treated in hospital after receiving the injury last Saturday night.

Sweden’s Ekdal injured after Hamburg nightclub visit

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Berlin (AFP) Sweden midfielder Albin Ekdal will miss Hamburg's final game of the season this weekend after suffering a "laceration" in an incident at a nightclub, which his father describes as 'serious'.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder had to be treated in hospital after receiving the injury last Saturday night.

New England Revolution

Gershon Koffie recognized for play against Toronto FC

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The defensive midfielder had a "near perfect night," according to Revolution coach Jay Heaps.

Gershon Koffie had himself quite a week.

Koffie returned to the field on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension. The midfielder was sensational over 90 minutes against Toronto FC, as he made six interceptions and took two shots while maintaining 92% passing accuracy.

Revolution DP Kouassi scheduled for surgery next week

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Xavier Kouassi is set to go under the knife after suffering a right knee injury.

New England Revolution Designated Player Xavier Kouassi is scheduled for surgery next Tuesday, according to RevolutionSoccer.net. The procedure, which will take place in Switzerland, will correct a right knee injury suffered on Sunday.

Rumor: Revolution to trial Guatemalan midfielder

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Two Guatemalan sources say that the Revs will bring Andy Ruiz on trial.

The New England Revolution will reportedly welcome Guatemalan midfielder Jose "Andy" Ruiz as a trialist, according to CFC Radio and Chapin League.

Ruiz is a 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who's known for his determined play.

Revolution Transfer Watch: An Inside Look at Designated Player Xavier Kouassi

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The Bent Musket spoke to journalist Oliver Dufour about the Revolution's new DP.

There's a real sense of excitement coming from the New England Revolution about their new Designated Player Xavier Kouassi. The 26-year-old defensive midfielder, who isn't expected to arrive until July, has an impressive resume, which includes captaining 2015 Swiss Cup champions FC Sion.

Revolution Transfers 2015: Rosell Linked to New England

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A Portuguese news outlet is reporting that Oriol Rosell could join the New England Revolution.

Former MLS midfielder Oriol Rosell could join the New England Revolution, according to a Portuguese news outlet.

Rosell, who played for Sporting K.C. from 2012-2014, is now with Sporting CP.

Major League Soccer

Player Poll: Nagbe and Chara Underrated

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ESPN FC have put up their annual anonymous Major League Soccer Player Poll and the Portland Timbers are showing up all over the place. With 123 unnamed players polled, ESPN FC covered questions like the league's most underrated players, the fairness of the MLS wage, and just what the players would like to change if they were in charge of MLS.

Revolution focused on preseason prep as Jones saga continues

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It's business as usual for the Revs.

The status of Jermaine Jones is still uncertain, but that isn't stalling preseason preparations.

Jones' initial 18-month contract expired at the end of 2015, leaving his future in question. The defensive midfielder was dominant during his first few months in MLS, helping the Revs to their first MLS Cup Final since 2007.

Jermaine Jones Takes to Twitter to Comment on Future in MLS

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The defensive midfielder hints at what's to come.

Jermaine Jones is a mystery man. As rumors about his future continue to swirl, he has taken to social media to give "insight" into his latest frame of mind. Of course, that doesn't mean his insight is clear—or even comprehensible. But it just may hint at what's next for the USMNT mainstay.

English Premier League

Liverpool agree surprise deal for highly talented Spanish defensive midfielder

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Liverpool have agreed on a new contract with the highly talented young defensive midfielder Pedro Chirivella.

The young Spanish midfielder was signed from Valencia back in 2013 and was regarded as one of their finest academy talents.

Chirivella has impressed with the youth side and has been rewarded with a few first-team appearances already.

Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny a bright spot in frustrating season for Gunners

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When Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from Swiss club Basel in January, many fans of the north London club were left feeling unfulfilled. After all, the 23-year-old Egyptian international is not considered a "world class" player, nor is he a household name in the soccer world. The Gunners reportedly only paid somewhere in the range of £5-£7 million for the defensive midfielder, hardly an earth-shattering transfer.

Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny a bright spot in frustrating season for Gunners

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When Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from Swiss club Basel in January, many fans of the north London club were left feeling unfulfilled. After all, the 23-year-old Egyptian international is not considered a "world class" player, nor is he a household name in the soccer world. The Gunners reportedly only paid somewhere in the range of £5-£7 million for the defensive midfielder, hardly an earth-shattering transfer.

Liverpool agree surprise deal for 5ft 6ins midfield anchor

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Liverpool agree surprise deal for 5ft 6ins midfield anchor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club for the next four years.

The former Tottenham midfielder has done an excellent job for the Reds in the cup games and new manager Jurgen Klopp has decided to reward him with a new contract.

Man United agree January deal for talented defensive midfielder

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Man United agree January deal for talented defensive midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United has recalled the highly talented central midfielder Liam Grimshaw from his loan spell at Motherwell in Scotland.

The Premier League giants are looking to seal a permanent transfer for the midfielder and are close to completing a deal.

Chelsea player reveals what went wrong, says spirits lifted after Jose exit

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Chelsea player reveals what went wrong, says spirits lifted after Jose exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has claimed that the atmosphere at Chelsea has improved since the exit of Jose Mourinho and the arrival of Guus Hiddink.

The Nigerian defensive midfielder claimed that the performances have also improved and implied that the side have been unfortunate to not get the desired results under Hiddink so far.

concacaf champions league

Freedom Kicks: D.C. United, CONCACAF Champions League, and MLS links for Wednesday February 24, 2016

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Stupid crossbars.

So close. Steve Birnbaum was robbed 3 times by Volpi, and Taylor Kemp put a dent in the crossbar with that right (!!!) footed shot. Luciano Acosta has the tools to really change some things about the attack. Marcelo Sarvas looked like the 2014 version of himself (albeit a more defensive version) than the player who was nothing special for Colorado last year.

Costa Rican midfielder Ariel Rodriguez to trial with D.C. United

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Another trialist comes onto the radar.

Two reports out of Costa Rica link Ariel Rodriguez to D.C. United as a trialist for the Black and Red. If the name sounds familiar, it's because the 29-year old defensive midfielder played for LD Alajuelense last year in the CONCACAF Champions League against D.

The Rest

Kim Little: World class wherever her team needs her

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The Seattle Reign midfielder was asked to play deeper in Jess Fishlock's absence, and she did it flawlessly.

There is a short list of players that rise to the top of everyone's "world's best" list in women's soccer. Amandine Henry, the soon-to-be Portland Thorns star, is often touted as the best defensive midfielder in the game.

SUPERB GOAL! Mohamed Elneny pulls one back for Arsenal against Barcelona

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Mohamed Elneny is a defensive midfielder by trade, attacking midfielder by nature. The combative...

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Is Mikel Chelsea's best defensive midfielder at the moment ahead of Nemanja Matic?

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Ben Andrews and Jason Cundy asked the question on Chelsea TV recently and I wanted to read as many opinions on Mikel as possible. Is he our best defensive midfielder at the moment ahead of Nemanja Matic?


I have been hammered on here in the past by fans for singing Mikel's praises over the years.

Andy Ruiz trialing with Rhinos, not Revs

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Turns out Guatemalan midfielder midfielder Andy Ruiz will trial for the Rhinos.

It looks like Guatemalan midfielder Andy Ruiz will trial for the Rochester Rhinos and not the New England Revolution.

Last night, two Guatemalan sources reported that Ruiz had left Comunicaciones B to join the Revolution's training camp.

Danny Williams scores in Reading rout of Walsall

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Danny Williams is having quite a year offensively for Reading.

On Saturday, the 26-year-old defensive midfielder scored his sixth goal of the season across all competitions to help Reading progress to the fifth round of the English FA Cup via a 4-0 rout of Walsall.

Williams, who started and played all 90 minutes in midfield, scored when he pounced on aWalsall error in the 75th minute.

2015 Player Profile #22: Micheal Azira

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Now a Colorado Rapids player Azira was probably the best representation of what replacement level talent in central midfield is in MLS.

A couple years ago the Seattle Sounders found a solid USL player just entering his peak period. The minimum contract offered, his playing performance and that they let him go after two years shows their confidence that they will be able to replace the defensive midfielder through the draft, HGPs or another USL signing.

Three Potential First-Round SuperDraft Picks for the Revolution

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Who should the Revs draft with pick number 10?

On Thursday, when the 2016 MLS SuperDraft kicks off, the Revolution will make its first acquisition of the 2016 offseason. The club owns the 10th overall pick in the draft, a selection that should yield an MLS-ready player—likely, a defender or a defensive midfielder.

The Mock Drafts are Here

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The MLS Superdraft is always a mystery outside of the first handful of picks. While most of the major American sports are analyzed from grade school on up, soccer remains more art than science when it comes to evaluating young talent. So, for those of us focused on the Portland Timbers, figuring out who might still be around to take with the No.

McClaren May Bring In Derby Midfielder In January

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Newcastle are being linked today with Derby County defensive midfielder George Thorne, who was signed when Newcastle manager Steve McClaren was at Derby. The 6'2″ tall midfielder turns 23 next month and has played for England from U16 through U19 level. Thorne began his career at Cambridge United but when their Youth Academy close down [.